Suspect In Serial Stabbings Faces Charge In Ohio 10-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Suspect In Serial Stabbings Faces Charge In Ohio 10-08-2010

A Michigan man suspected in a string of stabbings across three states has been charged with stabbing a church custodian in Ohio.
A grand jury in Toledo indicted Elias Abuelazam on Friday.
The 34-year-old is charged with felonious assault and attempted murder in the stabbing of Tony Leno who was standing outside a Toledo church in August when a man asked him for directions and then began stabbing him.
Leno survived the attack, and Abuelazam was arrested a few days later while trying to board a plane for Israel.
He also faces one murder charge and five attempted murder charges in Michigan.
On Thursday, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton charged Abuelazam with malicious destruction of property.
Abuelazam is accused of smashing a car window in a bar parking lot in Genesee Township.
Leyton said that the July 12 incident may have been in retaliation for something that happened inside Jester's Lounge on North Center Road in Genesee Township.
The charge is a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Abuelazam already faces one murder charge and five attempted murder charges. Five men were killed and nine injured in a series of stabbings in the Flint area.
Abuelazam also is suspected in four attacks in Virginia and Ohio. Leyton said the investigation and forensic testing of evidence continues in those cases.
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